As the month advances I discover more poetic flowers blooming in the May’s Verse-Virtual.com, the online poetry journal:
The poetry of great truths in J.C. Elkin’s moving and formally appealing poem “Keening for Eve” found in lines such as:
“…if progress can ever describe modern deaths as acceptable third world reality.
Caesar, Robespierre, Frankenstein’s Shelley lost moms. Stonewall Jackson, too.
And half a million more this year will die in every locality.”
Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft (just to mention one such death), was probably the first successful professional author in the English language, and certainly one of the first feminists, her early death an incredible loss.
Elkin’s poem “Almost Fledglings” about two baby birds blown from their nest draws on the truth that we feel the little tragedies that cross our path just as we do the big ones — and sometimes even more deeply.
. “…one is white as an angel, skim milk shades drawn over eyes. The other, purpling,
inflates – deflates, an avian respirator.” Beautiful writing puts a face on an ordinary disaster.
For more examples of great poems to be found in the May edition of Verse-Virtual, see my blog prosegarden.blogspot.com. Here’s the link http://prosegarden.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-garden-of-verse-more-poems-blooming.html
To read any or all of the poems in May’s Verse-Virtual, here’s the link http://www.verse-virtual.com/current-poetry.html